With the defeat, Appalachian State (16-26, 9-8 SoCon) dropped its three-game Southern Conference series to first-place Davidson (25-12, 15-4 SoCon), two games to one.
Buoyed Forrest Brandt’s three-run homer in the first inning and solo blast in the second, Davidson plated three runs in the opening frame and five more in the second to take a commanding 8-0 lead.
Appalachian State batted around in the bottom of the second inning and scored five runs to cut the deficit to 8-5. However, the Wildcats responded with a run in the top of the third then added three in the fourth and three in the sixth to extend their advantage to 15-5.
The Mountaineers scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to account for the final margin.
Michael Pierson and Dillon Dobson both went 3-for-4 to lead Appalachian’s 11-hit attack. Pierson doubled twice, homered and drove in four runs while Dobson hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season.
Six different players had multiple hits for Davidson, led by Brandt, who finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored to go along with his two homers and four RBI. As a team, the Wildcats banged out 16 hits on Sunday, giving them 27 runs and 34 hits over the final two games of the weekend series.
In a game where neither starting pitcher lasted more than three innings, Davidson reliever Clark Beeker (3-2) limited App State to one run on four hits while striking out eight over 5.1 innings to earn the win. Appalachian starter Jeffrey Springs allowed nine runs in three innings to suffer the loss and fall to 2-3 on the campaign.
Appalachian State closes a five-game homestand on Tuesday when it hosts longtime local rival Wake Forest. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Smith Stadium.
NOTES: Pierson and Dobson both had impressive weekends at the plate, with Pierson hitting .538 (7-for-13) with three doubles, a home run, five RBI and four runs scored and Dobson batting .417 (5-for-12) with three homers, five RBI and three runs scored ... Preston Troutman also had a strong offensive series, hitting .455 (5-for-11) and scoring four runs ... with seniors William Head and Tyler Zupcic getting days off, Troutman started at shortstop on Sunday, marking the first time in 194 collegiate games that the senior has started in the infield ... Appalachian State lost a series to Davidson for the first time since the Wildcats swept three games from the Mountaineers in 2005.